[Updated: 11:04 a.m.] Florida coach Jim McElwain said there is nothing new to report on the nine players who are currently under indefinite suspension during an ongoing UPD investigation into possible credit card fraud.
“No,” he said Monday. “I promise you when I know I’ll tell you.”
UPD is only confirming that the investigation is ongoing and there is no timetable for when it will be complete.
“The investigation continues to move along,” UPD spokesman Maj. Brad Barber said Tuesday. “I don’t have a time frame. This investigation takes time, and it’s complicated.”
Once the investigation is concluded, if there are charges, they will be forwarded in a sworn complaint to the State Attorney’s Office, which then would investigate to determine if any formal charges are made. That process could take some time, possibly weeks.
The players being investigated are defensive end Jordan Smith, wide receiver Antonio Callaway, running back Jordan Scarlett, defensive end Keivonnis Davis, defensive tackle Richerd Desir-Jones, offensive tackle Kadeem Telford, linebacker James Houston, wide receiver Rick Well and linebacker Ventrell Miller.
Smith is also being investigated by Gainesville Police for possible credit card fraud in a separate case. GPD spokesman Ben Tobias told The Sun on Tuesday that no other players are involved in its investigation at this time.
Citing unnamed sources, thereadoptional.com reported Monday that all nine players could be arrested by the end of this week. It also is reporting that Callaway, Smith and an unnamed player likely will be arrested on charges of felony grand theft.
There is a possibility that all nine players could be charged with a felony, but that will be determined by what the investigation reveals when it is complete.
All nine players also are being investigated for misuse of university funds. According to thereadoptional.com, restitution has been made in that aspect of the investigation.
Gainesville attorney Huntley Johnson is representing two of the players, but he would not name them and did not want to comment on the case. He has represented Callaway in the past.